And a scar on your heel from when you cut your foot on a rock one summer when you were a girl. I have a soft spot for 5 year old kids,love them. It seemed like an act of mercy when he had begun to stray from her bed and visit other women to satisfy his needs. After all, sex with Hunter had always been one-sided, painful, degrading, and she never even got pregnant. Somehow she came across as stubborn and a little self-absorbed.
But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way. I found that a complete clash and startling contrast to how she acted around Hunter. This results in a physical altercation that makes Lara attempt to run, fall on her ass, and watch as her husband throws the abuser out the door. Every time she spitted that out I just kept picturing one of those prudish matronly spinsters sitting in a corner turning their noses up at anything of the sexual persuasion with an ugly sneer. And here, I found myself struggling, fighting to feel that connection with Lara and her relationship with Hunter.
I'll admit that her backlist, including this one and the one I read earlier this week, are more comparable to other historical romance, past and present. But she didn't start out that way. La historia me ha enganchado desde el principio. I went through enough of this with Young and Slade. Ya desde el vamos, Kleypas trata de que le agarres cariño a Larissa, una pobre mujer a la que el marido forzaba a tener relaciones, manteniendo una amante. Hunter's Uncle Arthur and Arthur's wife Janet Take over as Earl and Lady Hawksworth. As far as Young could tell, Larissa had decided to content herself by living vicariously through the people around her.
Lara is a widow and way into charity. Hunter was a great character with an interesting backstory. Which, okay: there is reason for that her husband abused her prior to sailing for India , but it doesn't come that way at all in the text. Loving, strong, patient and devoted to Lara. And a peevish and snarling Mary Astor turns up in the role.
Hunter deserved so much better. Unlike, say, Dodger from the Hathaway series, or even Newton from the Bridgerton series. Rosalyn Landor is the narrator for the audiobook. She drove It really depresses me to give anything written by Lisa Kleypas below a 4 stars rating but this just wasn't a winner for me. Loving, strong, patient and devoted to Lara. On the positive side, Hunter is a terrific hero, very reminiscent of Derek Craven, but not done quite well enough to make me forget Derek, only long for him once more.
What more could a woman ask for? La intriga por saber si Hunter era o no un impostor hacía que no quisiera parar de leer. His evening attire had been equally superb: crisp black coats, streamlined trousers or pantaloons, gleaming white linen shirts, stiffly starched collars and neckcloths, shoes polished with champagne. This seemed too common a device for as talented an author as Lisa Kleypas. She claims to love him. She now lives simply with her good works and an orphanage that she supports, what more could a woman need. However, James Young was a cautious and trustworthy man who had served the Hawksworth family for at least a decade. I really, really hate the heroine.
Jeff Chandler was given the male lead. The medieval fireplace, large enough to fit a dozen men inside, had been stripped of its original carved Flemish overmantel. I may skim the library copy so I can satisfy my curiosity about Hunter, who is a great character, btw. I figured out the truth by the first fifty pages, and you will, too. And in a weird twist, even her charity work got super annoying after a while. Ya desde el vamos, Kleypas trata de que le agarres cariño a Larissa, una pobre mujer a la que el marido forzaba a tener relaciones, manteniendo una amante. She wants nothing to do with him! Lara's had been an arranged marriage to a man who was cold and mostly absent, so when word reached Lady Hawksworth that her husband was lost at sea, she happily gave up her title and position and proceeded to lead an exemplary life as a volunteer at the community orphanage.
This book was an absolute waste of time, except for the hero, Hunter. A carved wooden salamander was placed near the hearth, a gift from an elderly man in town who had assured her that it would protect the cottage from harm. Lara suspects but doesn't really believe it, until a stranger - a man she doesn't even know that well - tells her his real identity: that he's a mercenary he knew in India who saved his life. Everyone on board was lost. The remnants of his grin lingered. Some quiet turbulence that hinted at emotions and thoughts she never dared express.
She was told this by a man she doesn't really know but she totally believed what he said like his word was gold. But what about the children of the less fortunate, the despised? Was he contemptuous, or merely amused? This book is going to be impossible to talk about without some spoilers. Although, he was hot and sexy and dreamy. She doesn't like it, but she does nothing. I understand with their troubled past and the way things worked back then, why Lara would seem annoying.